Gentry police investigating child left in hot car
GENTRY — Police were seeking a warrant for felony child endangerment in the case of a 4-year-old child found in a hot car at the McKee Foods plant in Gentry on July 24.
According to information released by the Police Department, the child, a 4-year-old boy, was found in the car by a McKee employee about 7 p.m. According to police, the child was able to partially open the car door but was unable to get out of his car seat. The child was taken to the plant nurse and also checked by emergency medical personnel but wasn’t hospitalized, according to police.
Police estimate the child was in the car for 40 minutes and was unintentionally left in the car by the child’s father when he went to work.
Outside temperatures at the time were in the low 90s, according to police.
The names of the child and child’s parents weren’t released.
In another incident, Gentry police arrested Rhonda Atkins, 50, of Gentry, in connection with misdemeanor third-degree assault on a family or household member and public intoxication. According to police reports, the incident occurred in a vehicle when a family member was attempting to give her a ride home and in the police station when Atkins and the family member then came to the police station for help.